Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

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Easy, filling comfort food.  It tastes delicious and is pretty low in calories especially once I portion it into six easy to grab dinners.

When I come home from work, it’s generally close to 7 or 7:30.  I’m tired, hungry and know I don’t have time to whip up a healthy filling meal.  And, if I don’t act fast, I’ll end up eating all the junk food I can find.

I love to eat this with a tiny roasted sweet potato, or a big salad or a side of black beans.

28 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 cup Sweet ’N Spicy BBQ Sauce by Sweet Baby Ray's
1 onion sliced
1 cup coke
1/4 tsp salt

Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for about 8
hours or over night.  
Meat will easily shred.  Stir mixture so that the onions are 
spread evenly. Place about 3/4 cup in six tupperware containers.
Keep in fridge or freezer!

265 Calories for each 3/4 cup serving.

Dinner Parties and Diets

Well, Friday and Saturday were not stellar days for my “Fit Girl Plan” and I’m not going to lie about it.  I guess sometimes you just go rogue on your diet.  I had friends over Saturday night and cooked a super fun Asian style feast.

Our appetizers were a kind of DIY spring roll buffet which actually turned out amazing!

The wrappers are very easy to make.  They are rice paper spring rolls which you simply dip in luke warm water for 30 seconds.

After they soften up, fill them with any or all of the following:

Cooked Ground Pork- or steamed shrimp
Romaine lettuce
Cilantro
Chopped peanuts
Shredded purple cabbage
Shredded carrots
Scallions 
Thinly sliced cucumbers
And, what ever else you think you might like!

Dip them in some Thai Chili Dipping Sauce

Cherry Muffins

muffinpic1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup almond milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 tsp almond or vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup cherries (or any berry)

Mix all ingredients well.
Bake for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
Makes 11 muffins.  165 Calories each.

Turkey Chili

turkeychili1 pound ground turkey
1 packet taco seasoning (or maybe 2 packets)
1 small can green chilies
1 15 ounce can black or red beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 ounce can corn, undrained
1 28 ounce can of tomato sauce

Saute turkey over medium heat in large pot over medium heat.
Cook until just started to brown. Add rest of ingredients and
simmer over low-medium heat for about 20 minutes.

Makes about four 2-cup servings and is about 380 calories/serving.

You can eat this just as is, or with tortillas, chips, cilantro, cheese and sour cream.